Mark Hamill is very upset with us for being mean to young Anakin Skywalker all those years ago

Newsflash: some Star Wars fans don’t like the prequel films. You remember. Those ones that came out after the originals but took place before? The ones with Jar Jar Binks and Natalie Portman? And Luke Skywalker himself is speaking out about how much hate the films have gotten over the years.

Mark Hamill totally understands that some Star Wars fans just can’t get behind the prequel films — but Hamill is sticking up for something prequel-related. Specifically, how some fans reacted to young Anakin, played by actor Jake Lloyd, who was just a child when he first appeared in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 1999.

Hamill recently told Vulture that he was upset with how fans treated the young Star Wars actor saying:

"I couldn't believe some of the things they wrote about the prequels, you know. I mean really, beyond 'I didn't like it'. I'm still angry about the way they treated Jake Lloyd. He was only ten years old, that boy, and he did exactly what [director] George [Lucas] wanted him to do. Believe me, I understand clunky dialog."

The prequels were disappointing for many who had grown up super attached to the originals. But was it really worth all of the hate? After all, the originals had some cheesy dialog too. Maybe fans just overlooked it because of how much they loved the films. But making it seem like Jake Lloyd was at fault for your feelings towards the films isn’t right either. And do you really want Luke Skywalker to be angry at you? Even if he is cute when he pouts.

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Mark Hamill remains to be one of the biggest defenders of the Star Wars franchise and he brings up some good points. So let’s all just listen to our favorite Jedi a little more and remember that Star Wars is a beautiful thing. Let’s not ruin it for anyone.

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